ISIS claims Zakura attack; Lakhvi's nephew killed in Bandipora: All that happened in Kashmir in 2 days

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ISIS claims Zakura attack; Lakhvi's nephew killed in Bandipora: All that happened in Kashmir in 2 days

Top security officials today lauded the operative success in the Bandipora encounter and trashed reports of ISIS imprint in the Valley after the group today claimed responsibility for the Zakura attack on Friday.

A day after six Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants were gunned down in north Kashmir's Bandipora district, global terror organisation Islamic State today claimed responsibility for the Zakura attack carried out on Friday.

On the other hand, addressing a joint press conference, Army, Jammu and Kashmir Police and CRPF officials today assured of 'remarkable change' in the Valley.

Speaking to the media, 15 Corps Commander Lt Gen JS Sandhu and DGP SP Vaid, GOC Victor force, IG Operations CRPF lauded the efforts made by the Indian security forces in sanitising turbulent areas in the Valley and neutralising terror agents.

Further commending the operative success of the forces in the Bandipora encounter, JS Sandhu said, "All were foreign terrorists... We had launched several operations in Hajin in mid-September and were carrying out search operations on a daily basis, had also inducted special forces into the area. Laud all agencies who worked to ensure the success of the operation."

Hoping to see Kashmir free of violence, Jammu and Kashmir DGP SP Vaid said, "Valley needs to be free from violence, terror, guns and drugs. Wish very soon we can see Kashmir free of violence."

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW BANDIPORA ENCOUNTER:

  • Acting on specific inputs, security forces on Saturday cordoned off Chandergeer village in Hajin area of Bandipora to launch a search operation to weed out hiding terrorists.
  • As search operations were going on, the terrorists hiding there fired at the security forces, who retaliated befittingly.
  • All six Lashkar militants were killed in the gunfight, but the forces lost a Garud commando of the Indian Air Force (IAF). Tributes were paid to commando Jyoti Prakash Nirala at Chandigarh Air Force station.
  • Out of the militants killed, one was the nephew of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi. Apart from him, two top LeT operatives were also killed in the encounter.
  • Some reports claim that separatists have called for a strike today against the killing of LeT militants. Most shops in Srinagar are shut today and public transport has also been affected.
  • Whereas, rail services between Banihal and Baramulla have been suspended for security reasons by the authorities.
  • Addressing the press conference today, JS Sandhu added, "We have killed about 190 terrorists as on date in 2017. Out of these 190, 80 are local terrorists and 110 foreign. Out of these 110, 66 terrorists were killed near the LC while infiltrating."

DID ISIS REALLY STRIKE IN ZAKURA?

  • The ISIS propaganda wing Amaq News Agency today claimed the attack in Zakura area of Srinagar on November 17 but security forces deny its credibility.
  • Speaking about the Islamic State imprint in Kashmir, Jammu & Kashmir's DGP, S P Vaidya said, "It is yet to be verified. I don't think ISIS has any imprints here."
  • On Friday, a shootout took place in Zakure area during which a police sub-inspector Imran Tak was killed, while an SPO was injured.
  • In retaliatory fire, one militant Mugees Ahmad Mir was killed- whose body was wrapped in ISIS flag during the funeral.